The opening scene begins with a stark extreme close up of a woman’s face in black and white. The

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The opening scene begins with a stark extreme close up of a woman’s face in black and white. The camera focuses on her startled eyes that dart from side to side in an ominous manner that is coherent to the genre of thriller and its ability to perpetuate a feeling of unease. As the camera continues to zoom inwards towards her pupil, the image turns a deep red and we notice the emergence of animated spirals superimposed onto her iris. As the screen changes from monochrome to red the non-diegetic sound of mood music alerts the viewer to the insidious nature of the thriller, instilling a feeling of unease. Hitchcock’s use of the colour in this scene is unconsciously interpreted by the viewer as menacing or foreboding, as the colour red…show more content…
The Mise En Scene continues to subconsciously warn the viewer that there is something secretly insidious behind Elsters request that Scotty is to follow his wife. The colour red saturates the carpet with a vivid oxblood hue that is offset by the deep mahogany furniture in order to emanate sinister imagery evocative of or equal to that of a devils lair. Intentionally selected cinematic techniques such as high angled shots are used in conjunction with the imagery produced through Mise En Scene in order to produce triangular compositions were by Gavin Elster is at the pinnacle of the frame, masterfully in control. This camera angle is accompanied by poignant digetic dialogue such as Elsters seemingly insensible question - ‘Do you believe that someone out of the past, someone dead, can enter and take possession of a living being?’ in order portray the mystification of Scotty. He is manipulated into considering the possibility of ghostly possession - a lack of reasoning which displays Scotty has become deluded by Elster’s ascendancy. Elster walks around the scene in a circular motion when discussing Madelines possession, mirroring the spiral motif that is perpetuated throughout the film and conveying the hypnotic consequences of his manipulative ploy on Scotty. By exposing Scotty’s character flaws, we realise that Elster is the antagonist, villainously exploiting Scottie’s mental weakness – acrophobia; gullibility; susceptibility to a mysterious woman – in order to

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